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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Oatmeal Cookies!

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (0)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Oatmeal Cookie Bars

I'm on a "cooking with cereal" kick and this might be my most favorite thing I've put together.  3 ingredients, super fast, super easy and huge results! 

- Couple big handfuls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
- Pkg Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
- Pkg Oatmeal Cookie Mix

In a giant bowl, combine the 2 cookie mixes and their ingredients as labeled (butter, eggs, water).  Press evenly into baking dish.  Grab big handfuls of cereal, smoosh and press into the top.  Great for kids!  Baking does take longer due to the thickness of the cookies, about 40 min.  Best served warm and maybe with some vanilla ice cream.  Or with a delicious cup of coffee in the morning. It is cereal after all.  ;)

Reese's Treats!

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM Comments comments (0)
Reese's Treats

A play on the traditional Rice Crispy treats, these couldn't be easier or quicker with a delicious yum factor!

- Box of Reese's Puffs Cereal
- Half Bag Marshmallows
- Half Stick Butter

Microwave the mallows and butter together in a giant bowl for about 2 min until melted and sticky.  Pour in the whole box of cereal and stir to coat everything without making a giant mess.  Press into a glass dish or throw away tin.  I sprayed my hands with baking Pam to push it all down and into the corners.  Don't attempt without pam or butter on your hands, it's a disaster.  Trust me. Let them firm up at least an hour and then cut 'em up! 

I also found this AMAZING recipe I'm going to try next:

LOTR Eye of Sauron Cake

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM Comments comments (0)
Eye of Sauron Cake

A coworker of mine challenged me - make an eye of sauron cake from Lord of the Rings - aaaaaaaand make it not look like lady parts. 

Well, I gave it my best shot but all I see is, well, lady parts.  :) If you're hosting an LOTR party though, this would be a huge hit!

Items Needed:
- 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
- 2 Jars of Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting (vanilla or white, just make sure it's light colored)
- Food Coloring! (I also bought a small tube of black icing)

I followed this great video tutorial from The FilmBaker using the paint brush and all.  Viola!  It takes a little while but completely worth it and my coworkers reaction was priceless.

Newspaper Art

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)
Newspaper Art

Pinterest has made its mark on our society, changing arts and craft time indefinitely.  This is fantastic for me, someone who loves a project but lacks creativity on their own.  And this latest newspaper art memorializing my favorite hometown (Chicago!!) is one of the easiest and cutest pins I've found.  It took me just a few hours.

Thanks mom for sending me the papers!

One quick search on Pinterest of "Newspaper Art" and you'll find hundreds of amazing and creative ideas. Here's one example (credit to tzaddihome on etsy):

Items you'll need:
- Canvas, any size you'd like
- Mod Podge (dries clear in matte or gloss)
- Sponge Brush
- Newspaper, dictionary pages, old books, etc.
- black paint
- Thin brush

Rip, snip, tear, place, and mod podge away.  I will caution that newspaper tends to ripple and create air bubbles.  Be patient, go slow and really press the brush into the paper to push all those out.  

It will get messy and sticky but it all washes right off with water!

Allow the paper to dry on the canvas for at least a few hours, I did mine over night, before painting. 

Add birds, hearts, quotes, whatever you desire!

Hang, level and enjoy!

Bird Skirt

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (96)
50's Style Bird Skirt

I am recovering a set of chairs that I've had stashed at my parents house for about 10 years (pics to come soon) and while I was at Joann's picking up for that project, found this uber adorable bird pattern fabric.  I knew it had to be a skirt!  I love the 50's style big, high wasted, longer pleated look and attempted it here.  Did I manage to do it correctly?  Eh, but I think it turned out pretty cute. 

Materials were very simple: 2 inch wide black elastic and my fabric (2 yards)!  Black and white thread and you're done.  I didn't use a pattern and made literally 2 sewing lines.  I washed, dried and ironed first, big important step I've missed in the past in my discovery of clothes sewing. 

Started by laying out the long piece of fabric on my kitchen counter and ironed a hem 2 inches in width on the top and bottom.  I hemmed first on the bottom, inside out of course in white thread. 

Then I sewed the fabric with black thread onto the elastic and made super small folds every half inch to create the pleat look.  Once all the fabric was on, I sewed my elastic ends together and wa-la!  Skirt! 

Now... if it was only that easy.  I forgot that my waste (where I measured the elastic around) is definitely not the size of my hips!  And when I put the skirt on over my hips, riiiiiiiiiip!  Whoops.  I don't know why I didn't realize that of course the thread was not going to stretch with the elastic.  I believe there is stretchy thread out there, haven't ventured into that area yet, but alas, I had to sew in a zipper.  

It did end up being 4 sewing lines in the end.  1. Hem, 2. fabric onto elastic and 3.4. each side of the zipper for this super simple 50's attempt at a skirt.  :)

Worn twice already!  Once to work and once to Rock of Ages with my sweeties mom.  

Oh - and a huge shout out to LifeStride for my new black peep toe espadrilles for only twenty five bucks!  I might have to snag them in a few more colors.

Punk Vest with Patches

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM Comments comments (1)
Death to all but Metal?  I never thought I'd be blogging about that!  \m/

I never thought my form would be wearing a death metal punk vest either but here she is!

When a friend needed a few patches sewn on their cut off jean jacket for a concert, I couldn't say no!    I always love a project and this one brought out my inner badass.  :)

He provided the jacket and the patches, I went to work googling punk jackets.  They're actually amazingly unique and interesting and I wanted to make his just as cool.  I might have added my own fabric pieces (left over from "Aden's" baby sign) and hand painted Social Distortion across the back, which he mentioned was his favorite band. 

Here are some pics along the way!

Sewing at midnight? Sure why not.  I have no idea what I'm doing!
Sewing at midnight? Sure why not. I have no idea what I'm doing!
Googled the band, found their logo and brushed it out freehand before going back over it.
Googled the band, found their logo and brushed it out freehand before going back over it.

Yellow Chevron Bubble Skirt

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM Comments comments (0)
First Attempt Bubble Skirt!

I found this amaze fabric on Spoonflower that I fell in love with and knew I had to make something wearable with it.  

I also the love the bubble skirt look and found this super simple tutorial video posted on YouTube:

It was honestly one of the easiest things I've tried to make with just 3 stitching lines on the machine, however, the process of pulling the elastic through took a looooooong time.  I also highly, highly recommend washing, drying and ironing your fabric beforehand as well. 

As someone in my 30's, this skirt isn't super appropriate and I felt a little awkward but I might make a few for my nieces.  :) 

Game of Thrones Apron

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)
Game of Thrones Apron
After a great Thursday night with Dress for Success, I caught the sewing bug. With a few hours to spare on Saturday night, I threw together this frock.
I hate to admit it, but I've never seen an episodeMy coworkers, on the  other handare  slightly obsessed.  With that show though, I think obsession is the  general consensus. One coworker in particular just started cooking so I surprised her Monday morning!  The reaction was priceless.
I found the fabric here:

Charity Fashion Challenge Redesign!

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (1)
Dress for Success Central Virginia's:
  "What Haute to Wear"

I was  so fortunate to participate in a great evening of charity fashion redesign.  Dress for Success is an organization that provides career attire and development tools to women  in  Central Virginia (all throughout the US too!).  It is all through donation but some of those donations are, well, not very wearable.  Especially the lovely hot  turquoise bedazzled skirt I found in my mystery bag.  Unless they're interviewing for the ice capades, that one might not be appropriate.

So what to do with all those unwearables but great donations?  They hosted an evening of fashion runway redesign!  Local area designers were given a mystery bag of clothes and had free reign to overhaul those into runway worthy looks. 

We strut the runway and won amazing prizes from local clothing, jewelry, and resale shops!  I had a great time refashioning and helping raise money for a great cause.

Mystery Bag Contents
Mystery Bag Contents
Trying on the lovely "before" items
Trying on the lovely "before" items
Getting to work
Getting to work
The end result - 2 looks!
The end result - 2 looks!

The Everything Bar

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)
I have been attempting to blog for months now, thinking that my first post had to be about something fantastic and over the top to get people reading.  In the midst of trying to come up with the next great thing, months have gone by.  And while I've been cooking and creating like normal, I haven't kicked this off with anything.  I'm giving up the notion of greatness and just going for it, starting with one of my most favorite and simplest things I make for my coworkers.

I'll call them... "The Everything Bar."

This started as a way to use up whatever was in the pantry.  The bottom layer is a plain ole sugar cookie out of a box pressed into the bottom of a pan to make a crust layer, about 20 oreo cookies pulled apart and laid directly on top of the uncooked cookies, half a bag of smashed up pretzels sprinkled on top of the oreos and topped off with a boxed brownie mix. Bake the whole thing together at 350 for about 20 minutes until it's all delicious.  Cool and cut.  The salty and sweet is outrageous. Swap reese peanut butter cups for oreos if you'd like a peanut twist.  Throw in the whole pantry!